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#TBT Music: 2003

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Alright, round 2 of Throwback Thursday music edition. I’ve chosen 2003 this time. Why? Honestly, I chose a really random year and called it a day. Let me tell you, though, there is no easy way to YouTube the songs you’re about to read about in the library without someone noticing.

1. Released: Beyonce – Dangerously in Love

And then in 2013, everyone wondered why she didn’t bring Jay-Z on stage at the Superbowl to perform this song. The album, Dangerously in Love, reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured the singles “Crazy in Love,” “Naughty Girl,” “Baby Boy,” and “Me, Myself & I.” This is when I liked Beyonce. Now all the entertainment I get from her is YouTube videos of some girl dressed as a clown trying to do the Single Ladies dance and smacking her head on the edge of a TV.

2. The Cheetah Girls debuted.

Uh, hello? ‘Cuz we are sisters, every color. Those definitely aren’t the words, but no sane girl of my generation can deny that they were super excited when Raven of That’s So Raven was advertised in The Cheetah Girls movie. But actually, did the books or the movies come first?

3. Johnny Cash passed away.

To be honest, I didn’t even know about Johnny Cash until Walk the Line was released in 2005, and even more honest, I don’t think I even knew what that movie was until it was playing for free in a hotel room on a vacation one year and I became addicted. So, I guess you could say I didn’t really notice his passing in 2003. But now that I love Johnny Cash, I’m devastated.

4. S Club 7 split.

The worst decision this group could have possibly made because I was nowhere near done with my S Club Party. Anyway, they released “Say Goodbye” (how metaphoric of them) which jumped to #2 on the UK charts – apparently our charts didn’t care about them because I can’t seem to find how this song ranked on the US charts (however, I also only have 10 minutes left on my free WiFi so I can’t say I’m putting too much effort into it). 

5. 2003 MTV VMAs…

And sometimes you have to wonder if this is why the Grammys thought they finally needed to have a dress code at their event in 2013…

6. #1 Single of the Year: “In da Club” – 50 Cent

But actually, I fully remember dancing around to this song (at the age of 10) in my game room like the whitest girl you could possibly imagine. Also, I’m almost positive my mom has this song on her iPod which only makes it worse. To top it off, the best thing to come from this song is the catch phrase, “We gonna party like it’s yo birthday.”

 

Songs I Never Want to Hear Again in 2013

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The popular music of today is absolutely terrible and while I do listen to it, I would also not miss most of it if was never played again. Also as a disclaimer, I fully admit to listening to all of these songs multiple times, alone and at the numerous college pregames, which without drunken college students, I’m pretty sure none of these songs would ever even make it to the public.

1. Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup”

This song is literally about a red solo cup… a red plastic cup… Nothing else. No deeper meaning. No metaphor. Just a cup.

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2. Psy – “Gangnam Style”

This song is actually worse than Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” It’s not even in English, yet it’s also not even all in the same language; at least commit to one consistent language. Have you ever actually looked at the translation of the lyrics? No, probably not because that would take actual effort. The lyrics are literally, “A classy girl who knows how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee.” That is almost worse than Justin Bieber telling every teenage girl that they would survive starvation as long as they love him.

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3. Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

No one was ever trying to get back together with you, Tay, I promise. And no one likes it when you stop the general flow of the song to talk in the middle in an annoyed voice.

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4. Madonna ft Nicki Minaj – “Give Me All Your Luvin”

This was just another pathetic comeback for Madonna. It’s almost worse that Madonna was good music when music was still good. She was the queen of pop and then she comes back in 2012 with a song that only illustrates her inability to correctly spell the word love. Honestly, she paired with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. while chanting “L.U.V. Madonna” and thought it would be a good song? Never play it again.

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5. Flo Rida – “I Cry”

If you would like to hear this song, may I suggest listening to the original and better song by Bingo Players. Hint: the title of the song is “Cry” and Flo Rida will never actually give them any credit for it.

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6. Rihanna ft. Chris Brown – “Birthday Cake”

Here’s the first thing that’s wrong with this song: Rihanna featuring Chris Brown. If you really need an explanation on why that’s bothersome, type “Chris Brown beats Rihanna” into Google because that will sum it up in the most vulgar way. Then google “Jenny Johnson and Chris Brown” because that’s the best comedic summary of him as a person. I remember the first time I heard this song and thought about how terrible it was so I tried to look it up by the lyrics, but failed when I realized that the only lyric was “cake.”

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7. Drake – “The Motto”

Because “YOLO” should have never become a thing.

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8. Skylar Grey ft. Emimen – “C’mon Let Me Ride”

I had a lot of hope for Skylar Grey after the P. Diddy single “Coming Home” and her help on “Love the Way You Lie.” Then I heard “Invisible” and I had even more hope for her. The hope even continued growing after hearing the Kaskade remix of “Invsible” and the DJ R3hab remix of “Dance Without You.” And then I heard “C’Mon Let Me Ride” and I no longer have any hopes for her in the music industry. There is no aspect of this song that should ever be considered catchy or good.

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9. Flo Rida – “Whistle”

We just really did not need another song that when translated from radio-appropriate to its real meaning is simply telling every listener how to give proper oral sex. First 50 Cent tainted my 12-year-old mind by telling me that lollipops were simply magic sticks that needed to be sucked, and now today, young minds are tainted with Flo Rida telling them to put their lips around the whistle and start real slow.

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10. Nicki Minaj

There is no one song. Let’s just get rid of Nicki Minaj.

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However, you can play Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” every day.

Good, Bad, Good – Music Releases for February 1-15

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It’s been a while since I posted. Where I have I been, you ask? Sitting on my couch catching up on Gossip Girl and in the library… catching up on Gossip Girl while staring at my textbooks pretending I understand anything about politics and the legal system. So, basically, I have no acceptable reason for not posting since that extremely memorable night when Avicii came to Madison. (Unless of course, like me, you count Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass’s not-so-fictional love consuming my life an acceptable reason.)

There’s been a lot of music released in the past couple weeks. Let me warn you though because it’s not all good. So we are going to play a little game of good, bad, good.

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1) GOOD: Katy Perry, “Part of Me”

So, I’ve never really heard of this Katy Perry character, but this song is pretty good. Kidding. Obviously I am obsessed with her and this song has already been played an absurd amount of times on my computer (not to mention that it’s on repeat on my iPod and is the only song that’s been played since Sunday night). Debuted on Sunday night during Katy Perry’s Grammy performance, “Part of Me” is already number one on iTunes top 10 and I’m very excited to see where it lands on Billboard’s Top 100 tomorrow.

Any guesses about which person this song is about? That’s a joke. It literally could not be any more obvious. What I particularly like about this song is that it doesn’t stray away from the coined Katy Perry sound. It’s got the same colorful lollipop and candy sound as her other great hits such as “Firework” and “Hummingbird Heartbeat.” Of course, it also has the soon to be over-quoted line, “This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me.”

However, let me tell you that this song does bother me and make me a little angry. Katy, when are you going to give up on trying to get six singles from one album and breaking the Billboard record? At this point, I’m just losing respect for you and your pathetic attempts. If you actually had to re-release your album with new singles just to break the record, then it wasn’t meant to be. Of course, I love the fact that I am currently jamming to a new song and, in a few weeks, there will be two more for me to hear, but in my mind, I will not accept this as breaking the record if you do.

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2) BAD: Madonna, “Give Me All Your Lovin’”

God. It kills me to admit that Madonna just does not have it anymore. This song is a disgrace to the 1980s Madonna. This song screams why she should have stopped making new music. So, on that note – anyone want to loan me $300 so I can see her in Chicago on her tour this year?

First issue: “L.U.V. Madonna! Y.O.U. You wanna!” I’m sorry… one, that is NOT how you spell love, and two, really clever lyrics – how long did it take you to write those? I just expect more from her, but apparently that’s too much to ask for? The fact that she even references “Lucky Star” is a disgrace. Don’t go back to your glory days while singing this song, please. Also, Madonna, as you sang, “Every record sounds the same, you gotta step into my world,” did you not realize that this song sounds exactly like every other pop song released this year?

Second issue: Nicki Minaj. She has ZERO talent. Seriously, as a society, have we not recognized this?? Why do we keep putting her in all these songs? She’s terrible. Did you not see her performance at The Grammy’s? Offense, disgusting, and terrible. I’m ashamed that Madonna even paired herself with Nicki Minaj.

All in all, Madonna is not who she used to be. At this point, she no longer stands out from the crowd, but blends in more and more with each new song. Not excited for the new record to drop on March 26th. However, seriously… I want to see her live (as long as I can get some of The Immaculate Collection being performed).

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3) GOOD: The Fray, Scars & Stories

The Fray has yet to ever let me down. It’s kind of hard to review an entire album that’s this good in a short segment, but I can do it. The first single, “Heartbeat,” took over radio stations and my iTunes recently played playlist. The message of it was amazing, the lyrics were catchy, and the sound was perfectly “Fray-ish:” mature and alternative.

Then, before the album was released, the band was kind enough to put the entire album on iTunes available for free streaming. Naturally, I was too busy catching up on Gossip Girl, 90210, and other seemingly identical shows to hear the album for free, so I waited until it was available for full-price purchase.

The entire album is absolutely amazing. One issue is that none of the songs are really different… meaning that as a whole, the album is great, but individually the songs kind of start to sound identical. That’s fine though because the sound is mesmerizing. Personal favorites are “The Fighter,” “1961,” and the beautiful ballad, “Be Still.”

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BOOM! There it is. I know you were all sitting on the edge of your seats (basically about to fall off because it’s been so long) waiting for a new post. I’ll be back tomorrow, no worries.